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Publishers Weekly
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Page's delightful 21st Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2012's The Body in the Boudoir) takes the Aleford, Mass., caterer and her husband, the Rev. Thomas Fairchild, to Italy to celebrate a special anniversary-and to attend the cooking school of Francesca Rossi, a Tuscan friend whom they last saw on their honeymoon in Northern Italy years before. While in Rome, the couple meets the charming Freddy Ives, a British travel writer. Soon after, while enjoying a romantic stroll in the Piazza Farnese, they have the misfortune to witness Freddy suffer a mortal knife wound in a scuffle with a man who flees. The wonderful food at Francesca's cooking school in Tuscany can't distract Faith and Tom from trying to solve Freddy's murder. Hungry readers will rush to the kitchen if not to their travel agent to book tickets to Italy. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Publishers Weekly
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Page's delightful 21st Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2012's The Body in the Boudoir) takes the Aleford, Mass., caterer and her husband, the Rev. Thomas Fairchild, to Italy to celebrate a special anniversary-and to attend the cooking school of Francesca Rossi, a Tuscan friend whom they last saw on their honeymoon in Northern Italy years before. While in Rome, the couple meets the charming Freddy Ives, a British travel writer. Soon after, while enjoying a romantic stroll in the Piazza Farnese, they have the misfortune to witness Freddy suffer a mortal knife wound in a scuffle with a man who flees. The wonderful food at Francesca's cooking school in Tuscany can't distract Faith and Tom from trying to solve Freddy's murder. Hungry readers will rush to the kitchen if not to their travel agent to book tickets to Italy. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Most of Page's 20 Faith Fairchild mysteries have taken place in the small Massachusetts town where she has a catering business, but this time she's enjoying the sun-drenched Tuscan hills. Faith and her husband, Reverend Tom, are in Italy to celebrate an anniversary and attend a weeklong cooking seminar at the home of an old friend, who has opened a tourist culinary school. The couple's first night is in Rome, where they meet a charismatic travel writer, Freddy, who, unfortunately, is killed before their eyes. Once they are ensconced in the cooking school, it becomes apparent that the reasons for Freddy's murder haven't stayed in Rome and that any one of the other school attendees could have had a hand in the malevolent events. Although there is certainly a mystery here, it gets lost, perhaps happily so, in the book's lush surroundings as well as in the flavors of the wine, pasta, and panna cotta that will have readers heading for their nearest Italian restaurant not that it can compare. Perhaps the recipes at the book's conclusion will help. La dolce vita only soured a bit by murder.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist